The Black Artisans is a new photography exhibition that will celebrate twenty four UK Black makers and craftspeople, capturing traditional sectors of UK heritage crafts alongside areas of cultural heritage.
Photographer Jo Sealy is aiming to show the breadth of Black artisans operating in the UK today:
“The artisans already on board include sculptors and steel pan makers, stonemasons and instrument makers – to name a few. Some are working beyond the boundaries of the world of UK crafts. Their skills, experience and talent deserve to be recognised.”
Jo is collaborating with the Heritage Crafts Association to deliver the series of workshops that will share the knowledge and skills associated with traditional artisanry and cultural heritage.
The Black Artisans will launch at the William Morris Gallery in East London, 28 September to 3 October 2021, before touring in central London and the Midlands.
The Black Artisans is funded by a Waltham Forest Council, Make It Happen grant, awarded to arts and culture projects across the borough and building on the work of Waltham Forest as the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture.